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The use of the Occupational Stress Indicator (OSI) in factory workers in China
International Journal of Stress Management
  • Oi Ling SIU, Lingnan College, Hong Kong
  • Ian DONALD, University of Liverpool, England
  • Cary L. COOPER, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, England
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  • Occupational Stress Indicator (OSI),
  • organizational stress,
  • mental health,
  • Chinese factory workers

The purpose of the study was to investigate occupational stress among Chinese factory workers (N=342), from three cities of South East China, using the shortened version of the Occupational Stress Indicator (OSI)-2. The results showed that the reliabilities and predictive validity of the OSI-2 subscales and other subscales used for the study were reasonably high. Quite a high percentage of workers perceived high work pressure. The main sources of stress were intrinsic to the job; and the coping strategies that were most frequently used to tackle stress were “control” methods. In addition, “satisfaction on environmental condition” seemed to be a common predictor for job satisfaction, and mental and physical well-being. The logical relationships between job satisfaction, mental well-being and physical well-being in Chinese workers have provided support to the findings obtained in Western countries.

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Lu, L., Lin, H. Y., Lu, C.-Q., & Siu, O.-L. (1997). The use of the Occupational Stress Indicator (OSI) in factory workers in China. International Journal of Stress Management, 4(3), 171-182. doi: 10.1007/BF02765322